For Immediate Release
March 25, 2014
Thrash Metal Legends EXODUS Sign with Breaking Bands LLC and The Agency Group
EXODUS on Tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in May 2014 + Rock On The Range Performance
Legendary thrash metal band EXODUS is pleased to announce their recent signing with Breaking Bands LLC and The Agency Group. Breaking Bands LLC is directed and founded by the powerhouse team of Testament vocalist and co-manager Chuck Billy, Adrenaline PR CEO Maria Ferrero, and former MegaForce Records and Crazed Management owners Jon and Marsha Zazula.
Maria Ferrero states, “Working with EXODUS in this capacity has been an ongoing conversation that we finally solidified. The band and I have a continuous history, since 1984 to be exact. I am a true fan of their music, so I look forward to being a part of taking this band to the highest level.”
Maria asked us to join forces and manage bands together. When she told us our first project would be EXODUS there we’re smiles from cheek to cheek,” adds Jon Zazula. “EXODUS has been ready to explode for years and the time has come. 2014 will be the year that EXODUS blasts off to an unstoppable assent like never before. We can’t wait to be part of it.”
Chuck Billy adds, “I’m excited to be a part of this, I am forever Bonded By Blood!”
As mentioned above, EXODUS has also signed with The Agency Group, who are known for booking some of today’s biggest and best artists. The band is proudly represented by agents Dan Rozenblum in North and South America, and Tom Taaffe in Europe and Asia.
Dan Rozenblum states, “EXODUS remains as one of my favorite bands of all time, and words cannot describe how pleased I am that we are now able to assist the band to reach fans around the globe.”
Tom Taaffe adds, “EXODUS is one of the most integral bands in metal music from the last thirty years. The amount of bands that they have influenced is staggering. It’s great to be working with them and it’s an exciting prospect that The Agency Group will be taking them to all corners of the globe going forward.”
EXODUS recently announced their participation in a monumental upcoming tour with headliners Slayer and additional special guests Suicidal Tendencies. This metal-head’s “dream tour” kicks off on May 9th in Salt Lake City, UT, and hits six more cities, including a stop at the world-famous Rock On The Range festival on May 17th in Columbus, OH.
Gary Holt will perform double-duty on this run as guitarist for his band EXODUS, while also filling in for Slayer’s fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
In addition, EXODUS will perform in Germany and Belgium
See below for all tour dates:
EXODUS US TOUR with SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES:
5/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
5/10 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
5/11 – Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
5/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
5/15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
5/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
5/17 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range @ Columbus Crew Stadium
EXODUS INTERNATIONAL DATES:
7/11 – Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival
7/12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival
When it comes to thrash metal, Bay Area thrashers EXODUS epitomize, define, raise the bar and have the genre on lockdown. EXODUS are one of the true forefathers of thrash, hailing an illustrious career spanning 34 years. Their 1984 breakout debut, Bonded By Blood, is a stonewall genre classic featuring cranium-crunching standards such as ‘”A Lesson In Violence”, “Strike Of The Beast” and more. Formed in 1980 with original members Kirk Hammett (guitar), Tim Agnello (guitar), Tom Hunting (drums), Carlton Melson (bass), the line-up has evolved through numerous changes before coming to their current status. EXODUS are Gary Holt (guitar), Lee Altus (guitar), Tom Hunting (drums), Jack Gibson (bass), and Rob Dukes (vocals). To date, EXODUS has released ten studio albums, two live albums and one compilation, including their most recent release of 2010’s Exhibit B: The Human Condition via Nuclear Blast Records. EXODUS has sold over 5 Million albums worldwide. EXODUS recently broke ground on their brand of blistering new material, set for tentative release later in 2014.
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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2014
Introducing Breaking Bands LLC: Renowned Industry Veterans Join Forces in New Management Venture
Uniting the Expertise of Adrenaline PR CEO Maria Ferrero, MegaForce Records and Crazed Management Founders Jon and Marsha Zazula, and TESTAMENT Vocalist Chuck Billy
Breaking Bands LLC may be a new name on the management block, but is made up of renowned industry veterans— making the experience anything but new.
Founded by the powerhouse team of Adrenaline PR CEO Maria Ferrero, former MegaForce Records and Crazed Management owners Jon and Marsha Zazula, and Testament vocalist and co-manager Chuck Billy— these individuals have joined forces to merge their experience and bring some new, unknown bands to the forefront, as well as develop and guide the continuing careers of some of today’s most well-established artists. Combined, Chuck, Maria, Jon, and Marsha bring decades of experience to the table, from their individual beginnings at the very introduction of the heavy metal genre in the 1980’s.
Breaking Bands LLC is currently representing legendary Bay Area thrash metal band Exodus, as well as Texas heavy metal newcomers Shattered Sun and California alt pop artist Forrest Day. Breaking Bands LLC is presently accepting new submissions for prospective management clients.
To truly understand the prowess of Breaking Bad LLC, one needs to know the eminent status of the parties involved.
Chuck Billy is best known as the accomplished lead singer of legendary Billboard-charting thrash metal band Testament, one of the five original thrash metal bands to exist in the world. Testament has sold millions of albums worldwide, and boast a total of eleven studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and six singles altogether. Their most recent album, Dark Roots of Earth, reached number 12 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. In 2010, Chuck Billy was recognized in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian exhibit “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture”, which was on display through January 2, 2011.
“After being friends and doing business for almost 30 years, we all decided that it was time to create a team that has lived and breathed the music business with all its ups and downs, adds Chuck Billy. “I feel that with all the knowledge that we’ve gained, it would be nice to work with bands and help improve and guide them in the right direction to a long and successful career. I feel this is a natural progression in my life along with focusing on my band Testament for 28+ years.”
Maria Ferrero began at MegaForce Records and Crazed Management in 1982 as the label’s first publicist and A&R representative, eventually working at labels TVT, E-magine Entertainment, and Metropolis Records, before founding her own successful boutique PR, branding, and marketing firm, Adrenaline PR. Maria Ferrero and her publicity team have represented an array of projects such as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Motörhead, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Testament, Dethklok, Hank3, KMFDM, Tech N9ne, Machine Head, ETID, Miss May I, Louder Than Hell (book), Repo The Genetic Opera (film) and many more.
“Making a difference on the projects we are working is what it’s all about for me, personally. I would not want to take on this business venture with anyone else. I trust my partners. We’re proven,” states Maria Ferrero.
Jon and Marsha Zazula founded MegaForce Records in 1982, first signing Metallica, and then going on to sign Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and more of the era’s biggest and best bands. They also founded Crazed Management in 1982 and managed Anthrax for the first 11 years of their career, Metallica for two years, Ministry, and TAD, among others.
“Between all of us, there is over 100 years of experience and 30 years of mutual trust and respect,” states Jon Zazula. “It is a great feeling for Marsha and I to work alongside with Chuck and Maria. It feels like the dream team.”
Stay tuned for more great things coming from Breaking Bands LLC soon! To learn more about Breaking Bands LLC, visit www.breakingbandsllc.com.